Love committed to winning a championship with his new team next season…
The Cleveland Cavaliers introduced their latest acquisition to the media on Tuesday, with Kevin Love revealing that a phone call from LeBron James helped make his mind up.
The 25-year-old joins the Cavs in a trade deal that sees Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first-round pick head in the opposite direction to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he immediately set out his expectations for the new season.
“I’m committed to this team and committed long term to the end goal, which is to win a championship,” he told the assembled media, as reported by ESPN.
Love went on to reveal that he currently has no plans to sign an extension with the Cavs after signing a four-year deal worth $61m back in 2012, and although the final year of the contract has a player option, the power forward insists that he sees his long-term future in Cleveland.
However, a key point in talks was the return of James, and Love revealed that he spoke with his Team USA team-mate prior to signing on.
“LeBron signed to come back, and a few hours later he called me and I said ‘I’m in,'” Love added.
“That had a lot to do with my decision. It means a lot to be a part of this organization. … Everything in my entire life for the last six years had led me up to this opportunity.”
Love will wear the No. 0 jersey next season and with James and point guard Kyrie Irving forming a new ‘Big Three’ in the NBA, they are strongly tipped to win a championship next season.